MINNEAPOLIS — The Brewers have been playing a finesse game of late to varying levels of success. That style does not fit Harvey’s Wallbangers.
Today, the Brewers returned to their roots, mashing four home runs en route to a 10-4 win over the Twins, salvaging the finale of a three-game series. Don Money, filling in for Cecil Cooper who sat with a sore right knee, mashed two long balls while Ben Oglivie and Charlie Moore knocked out one.
The tone was set early in this game. In the bottom of the first, Tom Brunansky hit what appeared to be a home run to right center, but Gorman Thomas made a leaping grab that pulled the ball back into the park.
The Brewers scored their first run on a leadoff homer by Money in the 3rd. Then they benefitted from Frank Viola‘s bout of wildness in the fourth, tacking on six more runs. Viola walked in one run before Paul Boris took the mound. Simmons hit a sacrifice fly, Gorman Thomas walked, and Ben Oglivie hit a grand slam just clear of the 327 foot sign in right.
“There was no doubt it was out of here but only in this place,” said Oglivie. “Any other park and you can forget about it.”
Moose Haas picked up his third straight win and struck out eight in eight innings.
The Red Sox split a double header with the Rangers, giving the Brewers a half game lead in the AL East. The Brewers have a day off tomorrow before heading to Kansas City.
Game Notes: The Brewers won the season series with the Twins 7-5. The Twins are the only team to beat the Brewers since July 4.